***Only recommended on sale***
I'm in two minds about The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief. The first episode and a half you follow Anton Zellner, an aging Swiss Police Officer trying to impress the Super Detective Legrand by helping him catch the Master Thief Raven. Zellner is a very pleasant character to follow (a welcome deviation from the usual 20 something point and click character), the voice acting is well-done, the music and settings very nice (some odd glitches here and there, but nothing major).
The puzzles are very simplistic, but mostly make sense. Since the storyline and the characters were interesting, I did not really care that the puzzles were so easy. An easy going game with a nice story I thought.
In the middle of the second episode you switch character and from there onwards the game loses steam. You play the same story, but from a different perspective. Unfortunately, this new perspective brings very little flavour to the story, and the simple puzzles suddenly seemed very tedious without any real story progression. Throw in a few “use the item two times for it to work even though the character gives no indication that would be the case” just to add to the frustration.
By the end I was bored by the game... but I persevered because I did want to know how the story ended. Rarely have I been so disappointed. The ending is just… so bad… so so bad. I really don’t think they could have managed to come up with a worse one without involving dinosaurs or robot ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
So in conclusion; I really enjoyed the first one and a half episodes of The Raven and that’s why I’m still recommending it (if you can get it in a sale). But frankly, if you start getting bored after starting on the other half of the game, just quit. It doesn’t get better and the end is not worth playing the rest. Personally it makes me wary of episodic games in general. It really felt like they put most of the effort into the first part of the game and the other half was more of an afterthought where they wanted to reuse the same settings to keep costs down. It’s a real shame because they could have made some really great new IP here.
Posted: February 12th, 2014